Call for Proposals for GBTA Convention 2018 has closed.

Call for Proposals

GBTA Convention 2018
August 11-15   |   San Diego, CA

Share Your Insight

GBTA is seeking industry professionals to contribute new ideas, solutions, and innovations for current issues and challenges that confront the travel industry. Our highest-rated presenters are people like you who have challenged conventional wisdom and/or are willing to share real lessons learned.

Target Audience

Convention attendees include corporate travel managers, consultants and industry suppliers from the airline, hotel, car, card, agency, and travel technology communities. Please note the audience also consists of both new and seasoned (10+ years in industry) professionals.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be judged on: 


  • Are the ideas presented new and forward thinking?
  • Are the concepts introduced useful and practical?
  • Are learning objectives clearly defined?


  • Are there opportunities for experiential learning interaction among and between participants?
  • Is the scope appropriate to time limitations?
  • Is the instructional design dynamic?


  • Is there a demonstrated knowledge of the subject matter?
  • Is there an indication of strong and creative presentation skills?

Topic Areas

GBTA is especially interested in new and timely information on industry trends, techniques and best practices in the following areas:

  • Accommodations
  • Air/Rail
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
  • Cost Control
  • Data Analytics/Trends
  • Distribution
  • Global Issues/Trends
  • Ground Transportation
  • Leadership
  • Management/Human Resource
  • Meetings/Events
  • Passenger Facilitation/Mobility/Immigration
  • Payment Solutions
  • Personal/Career Development
  • Procurement/Sourcing
  • Relocation
  • Risk/Duty of Care
  • Sales
  • Stakeholder Engagement/Communication
  • Sustainability
  • Technology/Innovation
  • Hot Topics

Important Details

  • All education sessions are limited to 30 minutes in length. To view a webinar on session formatting, click here.
  • Sessions will be scheduled Monday, August 13, Tuesday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 15. Please do not submit a proposal unless you will be able to appear on any of the days.
  • Sales pitches for products or services disguised as proposals will not be accepted.
  • Session descriptions should be brief and align with content intended to be presented. 
  • GBTA requests permission to rebroadcast speaker image, printed materials, and/or voice and video recording in connection with the 2018 Convention. Speakers maintain presentation content copyrights.
  • Working presentations outlines and/ or slide decks are subject to review. Presenters must use the approved GBTA template.
  • Panel discussions are most effective when limited to no more than 3 panelists.
  • Presenting at a session will earn you 3 GTP® Recertification credits.
  • All presenters must register. Registration instructions and applicable fees are issued individually to presenters by GBTA. All travel expenses and any additional fees are the responsibility of the presenter(s).


Please contact GBTA Professional Development at with any questions.